Decadeslong effort revives ancient oak woodland

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Vestal Grove in the Somme Prairie Grove forest preserve in Cook County, Illinois, looks nothing like the scrubby, buckthorn-choked tangle that confronted restoration ecologists 37 years ago. Thanks to the efforts of a dedicated team that focused on rooting up invasive plants and periodically burning, seeding native plants and culling deer, the forest again resembles its ancient self, researchers report in the journal PLOS ONE.

Associated journal article: Glennemeier K, Packard S, Spyreas G (2020) Dramatic long-term restoration of an oak woodland due to multiple, sustained management treatments. PLoS ONE 15(10): e0241061. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0241061

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